Armagh collected their first win of the year at the expense of a weak St Mary's University College side yesterday, but the margin of their victory merely evoked a sobering assessment from manager Paddy O'Rourke.
"While we will happily take this win, we know it's a small step on what will be a demanding road," he observed.
Armagh enjoyed a 1-11 to 0-3 half-time advantage, Ryan Rafferty having netted a spectacular 10th-minute goal and it was a walk in the park after the break as Armagh cruised to victory.
Scorers - Armagh: A Forker 0-5 (3f), R Rafferty 1-0, J Kingham, E McVerry, C Watters, P Gribben, P Carvill 0-2 each, D McKenna, P Duffy, S Campbell 0-1 each. St Mary's: T Canavan 0-3 (2f), N Morgan 0-2 (2f), E Bradley 0-2, N Donnelly, R Sexton, B Herron 0-1 each.
Armagh - N Geoghan; B Donaghy, C Vernon, D McKenna; P Duffy, A Mallon, F Moriarty; C McKeever, J Kingham; A Forker, C Watters, A Duffy; R Rafferty, S Campbell, E McVerry. Subs: M Shields for Moriarty (47), S Moore for Forker (47), P Carvill for McVerry (47), A Conlon for Donaghy (56), P Gribben for McKeever (60).
St Mary's - N Morgan; M Slane, D McBride, E McArdle; C O'Hara, G Teague, M Murray; N Donnelly, R O'Callaghan; D McCusker, R Sexton, N Sludden; C Conaghan, O MacIomhair, B Doyle. Subs: E Bradley for O'Callaghan (27 mins), T Canavan for McCusker (h-t), J Gilmore for MacIomhair (43), S McKenna for McArdle (47), C McMahon for Conaghan (60).
Ref - G Walsh (Antrim).